Situated in the middle of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is blessed with four incredible world class skifields, and numerous exclusive heliski locations. So whether you’re a seasoned ‘Powderhound’, or wanting to introduce the kids to the snow, there is the perfect skifield for you. The season runs between June and early October, with July and August being your safest months.
CONVENIENT CORONET PEAK
Opened in 1947, Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s oldest commercial skifield. It’s conveniently located just 20 minutes from Queestown, off Malaghans Road. If you like to spend every minute possible on the snow, this is the place for you, with First Tracks starting as early as 8:00am, and night skiing available after dark.
ALL AROUND REMARKABLES
The iconic mountain range seen in most photos of Queenstown is simply known as The Remarkables, and is the next closest option to town, just 40 minutes away. Often shortened to ‘The Remarks’, this skifield is excellent for groups with various skill levels, boasting a huge learners area, as well as a legendary Burton Stash for advanced riders, one of only six in the world.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CARDRONA
If you have the kids in tow, then Cardrona is the mountain for you. The ‘Ski Kindy’ takes kids from just three months old, and there’s various other kids programs depending on age and skill, guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. Trip time to Cardrona is 50 minutes and takes you over the spectacular Crown Range Road, New Zealand’s highest road. Cardrona is handy to those staying in Wanaka too, being just 20 minutes away. Be sure to drop by the iconic Cardrona Hotel for a mulled wine by the fire before heading home.
SCENIC TREBLE CONE
Those prepared to travel a bit further will be richly rewarded with a day out to Treble Cone. Located 90 minutes from Queenstown, or 30 minutes from Wanaka, Treble Cone is the least crowded of the four skifields. There is a learners area, but the mountain is perhaps best for intermediate to advanced riders. That said, even non riders could spend a day here, seduced by the spectacular scenery! Treble Cone entrances with panoramic views over Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains.whitelawmitchell